Current Activities


Guest Lectures

June 5th, 2019
Wednesday, 12:15 p. m. – 1:45 p. m.
Universität Bremen, Building GW2 Room B3010

Dr. Brent McKenzie (University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada) :

The Rise of Dark Tourism: Is the Medium Still the Message?


Bremen- Guelph Lecture


The Rise of Dark Tourism: Is the Medium Still the Message?

Dark tourism as defined by Sharpley and Stone (2009) is “the act of travel to sites associated with death, suffering and the seemingly macabre”. Dark tourism is not new, in many societies, visiting sites associated with death is, and has been, a considerable part of the tourist experience. What has changed is the growth in the interest in the topic, as well as the ways in which one can learn about, and experience Dark tourism. From Dark tourism sites themselves, to television programs, movies, books, and social media, one can experience “death” through many media. The focus of this presentation is to build upon the famous words of Canadian philosopher Marshall McLuhan, “The Medium is the Message”.  This aphorism can help us to better understand that the way in which Dark topics are presented has an important role to play in how companies convey their Dark message, as well as how visitors/tourists understand the “darkness” of a site. The presentation will be supported through extensive research conducted in a region that experienced a very dark history in the latter part of the 20th century, the former Soviet Republics of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

Details regarding our guest speaker

Dr. Brent McKenzie, (Associate Professor), is a leading expert on Marketing (Retail Sector) and Management (Dark Tourism; Transition Economies) theory and practice in the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. He serves as Associate Editor: Baltic Journal of Management; Associate Editor: Journal of Eastern European and Central Asian Research; and Regional Editor – Eastern Europe: International Journal of Business and Emerging Markets.

The Bremen-Guelph lecture is embedded in research colloquium Forum INPUTS:

Tourism in Postcolonial World, organised by Prof. Kerstin Knopf (Bremen Institute for Canada and Québec Studies, University of Bremen).

Please find attached a digital copy of the poster for your information.


Tuesday, October 30th, 2018
04:15 p. m. – 05:45 p.m.
Universität Bremen, Building GW2 Room B2.900

Drew Hayden Taylor :

Indigenous Theatre – The Changing Face of Storytelling

The Bremen Institute for Canada and Québec Studies in collaboration with the International Literature Festival globale° proudly presents the award-winning Canadian Indigenous playwright and author Drew Hayden Taylor. In his work, Drew Hayden Taylor merges light and heavy themes as he skillfully portrays our world and worlds beyond. As adept storyteller, the Indigenous Canadian author explores questions of cultural belonging, multifaceted identities and the complex history of Canada’s ‘First Nations’ and the settlers (and their descendants) with humour and keen wit. In his lecture, Taylor will give an insight into his creative work.

Drew Hayden Taylor’s open guest lecture is embedded in a seminar by Prof. Kerstin Knopf (Bremen Institute for Canada and Québec Studies, University of Bremen) that she offers in the master programme “English-Speaking Cultures: Language, Text, Media”.



Donnerstag, 31.05.2018
09:15 – 10:00
GW2 A 3.570 (Fachbereichsraum)

Prof. Manuel Meune (UdeM, Canada) :

Frankoprovenzalisch in den Sprachgrenzkantonen Freiburg und Wallis (Schweiz). ‚Restdiglossie‘ und neuen Perspektiven


Mit ihren vier Amtssprachen erscheint die Schweiz als ein Land, das sich für Sprachminderheiten einsetzt. Doch der schmeichelhafte Ruf täuscht etwas, wenn man alle autochthonen Sprachen betrachtet, d.h. auch Frankoprovenzalisch (oft Patois genannt), das jahrhundertelang die gesprochene Sprache der heute weitgehend frankophonen ‚Romandie‘ war. Die Präsentation behandelt die Situation dieser Sprache in der mehrsprachigen Schweiz – aber auch in Frankreich (Bresse, Lyonnais, Savoyen) und Italien (Aostatal). Erörtert werden die Möglichkeiten der Revitalisierung dieser oft totgesagten Sprache im Hinblick auf die Machbarkeit bestimmter Projekte (Wiederaufleben durch den Schulunterricht, Standardisierung, usw.). Analysiert werden insbesondere Befragungen von Sprechern des Dialekts Freiburgs, das zusammen mit dem Wallis noch als Patois-Kanton gilt.

Im Rahmen des: Forschungskolloquium Romanische Sprachwissenschaft/Linguistisches Kolloquium: Sprachkontakte und kontaktbedingter Sprachwandel – Aktuelle Forschungsfragen aus der Romania

Wir möchten Sie recht herzlich dazu einladen und würden uns sehr über Ihre Teilnahme freuen.


Wednesday, May 16th, 2018
02:15 p. m. – 03:45 p. m.
Universität Bremen, Rotunde im Cartesium, Enrique-Schmidt-Str. 5

Professor Laurent McFalls (Université de Montréal) :

Révolutions tranquilles… ou sans lendemains? Le Québec entre progressisme et paralysie



Wednesday, May 16th, 2018
10:30 a. m. – 12:00 noon
Universität Bremen, Rotunde im Cartesium, Enrique-Schmidt-Str. 5

Dr. Adam Sneyd, Associate Professor, Political Science, University of Guelph, Kanada :

Commodity Politics: Contesting Responsibility in Cameroon

3. Bremen-Guelph Lecture



Tuesday, 25th April 2017
02:15 p. m. – 03:45 p. m.
UNICOM 3, Haus Turin, Ebene 0, Seminarraum 4

Professor Jade Ferguson, School of English and Theatre Studies, College of Arts, University of Guelph :

Seeking Sanctuary: Mob Violence, Black Citizenship, and Anti-Lynching Activism in Canada

1. Bremen – Guelph Lecture



Thursday, 6th April 2017

Evelyn Camille (Elder of Tk'emlúps Indian Band, Secwepemc Nation, Canada) :

“Indigenous Knowledge, Ecologies and Resistance”, Bremen


Thursday, 15th December 2016

Universität Bremen, Kanada-Studientag

Martina Seifert :

“Of Boys and Bears: Canada in German Children’s Literature”

Wednesday, 16th March 2016
09:30 – 10:30 a.m.
GW1, Room HS 0070

Jeanette Armstrong (The University of British Columbia, Canada) :

Keynote: “Syilx knowledges: A decolonial strategy”

Third Bremen Conference on Language and Literature in Colonial and Postcolonial Contexts (BCLL #3): “Postcolonial Knowledges”, 15th -18th March 2016.

Thursday, 17th March 2016
10:15 – 10:45 a.m.
GW1, Room HS 1010

Amatoritsero Ede (Carleton University, Canada) :

The untranslatability of African language literature

Third Bremen Conference on Language and Literature in Colonial and Postcolonial Contexts (BCLL #3): “Postcolonial Knowledges”, 15th -18th March 2016.

Mardi, 23 Juin 2015
08h30 – 09h45
Studierhaus D 1020

Prof. Stéphanie Nutting (University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada) :

Réflexions sur le conte et l’affect dans la culture québécoise contemporaine

Pourquoi, en cette ère de l’image, est que le Québec connaît un engouement pour l’art des contes ? Comment est-ce que les jeunes conteurs comme Fred Pellerin et Fabien Cloutier sont devenus aussi célèbres que les chanteurs de rock ? La professeure Nutting vous présentera un aperçu de ces conteurs connus et explorera quelques thèmes qui résonnent chez les spectateurs québécois contemporains. Elle évoquera aussi, brièvement, des hypothèses qui expliqueraient pourquoi le conte peut susciter une réaction puissante, tant émotive que physique, chez le récepteur. 

Reflections on Storytelling and Affect in Contemporary Quebec Culture

Why is it that, in this intensely visual era, Quebec has witnessed a surge of interest in the art of storytelling? How did young « conteurs » like Fred Pellerin and Fabien Cloutier become as popular as rock stars ? In her talk, Professor Nutting will offer a glimpse of the work of these well-known storytellers and discuss some of the themes which resonate with contemporary Quebec audiences. She will also touch briefly on some hypotheses about why storytelling is such a powerful force in eliciting emotional and physical response in the listener.


Tuesday, 07th July 2015
10.15 a.m. – 11.45 a.m.
MZH 1090

Prof. Paul Morris (Université de Saint-Boniface, Winnipeg, Canada) :

The History of Emily Montague and the Representation of Francophone Canada

In his presentation, Professor Morris will discuss several of the various political dimensions of Frances Brooke’s The History of Emily Montague as they pertain to the representation of Francophone Canada. Through a reading of her references to the colonial policies of post-conquest New France and, in particular, her framing of the central marriage plot of the novel, he will suggest that the novel’s depiction of Canada’s Francophone population established what was to become a longstanding perception. More specifically, Professor Morris will suggest that the (gendered) politics of marriage represented by the central English characters of the novel serve as the key metaphoric device in representing Québec’s Francophone population. He will conclude in proposing that Brooke’s (gendered) depiction of Canada’s Francophone population has persisted into the twenty-first century making of Emily Montague a novel which is deeply Canadian in terms of its depiction of the country’s French-English relations.


Mercredi, 18 Juin 2014
14h15 – 15h45
GW2 B 2900

Prof. Jocelyn Létourneau (Université Laval, Québec, Canada) :

Les jeunes savent sans savoir. Le passé du Québec dans la conscience de sa jeunesse

«Jadis, il y avait des Amérindiens, ensuite des bûcherons, maintenant des indécis. - Damals gab's Indianer, dann Holzfäller und jetzt Unentschlossene" - so lautet eine der Perlen in Jocelyn Létourneaus neuestem Buch "Je me souviens? Le passé du Québec dans la conscience de sa jeunesse" ( Montréal: Fides 2014) über das Geschichtsbild junger Québecer. Über 10 Jahre lang wurden dazu über spontane Kurzfassungen von über 3000 Schülern und Studenten gesammelt und ausgewertet. Über ein Drittel sehen den Verlauf der québecer Geschichte seit der Gründung Neufrankreichs im 17. Jahrhundert - über die britische Eroberung, das schwierige Überleben als kulturelle Minderheit in Nordamerika bis zu den mehrfach gescheiterten Versuche nationaler Unabhängigkeit - als eine Kette von Niederlagen. Ein gutes Viertel beurteilt die Geschichte der Provinz als ein "Weder-noch" oder enthält sich einer Wertung, nur ein knappes Fünftel zieht eine überwiegend positive Bilanz. Wie entwickelt sich dieses "gefühlte" Geschichtsbild mit zunehmendem Alter? Unterscheidet sich der Blick der anglophonen Jugendlichen von denen der französischsprachigen? Sind die Autochtonen, ist Kanada für sie Teil der québecer Geschichte? Auf diese wie auf (Ihre) weiteren Fragen verspricht der Vortrag von Prof. Létourneau überraschende Antworten.


Friday, 20 June 2014
12:15 p. m. – 1:45 p. m.
SFG 2020

Prof. Paul D. Morris (Université de Saint-Boniface, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) :

Multiculturalism and Its Discontents: Canadian Literature and the Evolution of the Canadian Paradigm of National Identity

The Canadian literary institution has long played a pivotal role in both shaping and reflecting successive paradigms of national identity. Since confederation, Canadian literature has consistently provided faithful representation of each of the successive paradigms of national self-understanding.

In this presentation, I wish to explore Canadian literature for evidence of what I will present as a harbinger of a contemporary, multi-dimensional challenge to the current paradigm of multiculturalism. Canadian literature, I will suggest, is showing signs of broader societal discontent with multiculturalism, a concept which is increasingly perceived as inadequate in responding to the varying forms of difference at play in Canadian society. Although the challenge to multiculturalism is emanating from disparate sources, this presentation will make primary reference to texts expressive of a “postethnic” understanding of both individual and national identity.


Prof. Dr. Henry Beissel: A Threshold in the Mind: A Poet's View of the North (15.06.2012)

Prof. Dr. Manuel Meune: Rot-grün-blau – die Farben des québecer Frühlings. Vom Studentenstreik zur Bürgerbewegung (10.7.2012)